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  • Obama Admin Sneaks Out 144 Big Regulations Right Before Thanksgiving

    11/25/2015 11:19:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 25, 2015 | 9:19 AM EST | James Gattuso
    President Obama is nothing if not predictable. Required by law to release plans for new regulations twice a year, the administration has consistently done so just before major holidays, when few are paying attention. Thus, it was no surprise to see his fall 2015 regulatory agenda released last Friday, as many Americans focused on Thanksgiving week with family and friends. [...] ... The regulations span the full scope of American life, ranging from labeling requirements for pet food, new test procedures for battery chargers, mandated paid sick leave for contractors, and automatic speed limiters for trucks to a dozen new...
  • Buzzkill: Obamacare Regulation May Put Craft Breweries Out of Business

    11/23/2015 4:57:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    Obamacare's menu labeling regulationpromises to be a disaster for the food and restaurant industries, as its implementation is both costly and extremely onerous. While its deleterious effects on thepizza, restaurant, and grocery industries have been most well known, it also has the potential to shutter an industry near and dear to Americans' hearts: craft beer. Since beer has a few too many calories for bureaucrats, the health law dictates that all brewers include a detailed calorie count on every type of beer produced. Failure to do so, according to Americans for Tax Reform, "means craft brewers will not be able...
  • Anti-Liberty Politicians

    11/18/2015 5:24:09 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2015 | John Stossel
    After a terrorist attack, it's natural to ask: What can politicians do to keep us safe? One thing they could do is actually focus on keeping us safe rather than devoting so much time, energy and hot air to the many things government does instead of protecting lives and property. My state's politicians are particularly bad. New York's legislators regularly go to jail for taking bribes to pass, or not pass, special regulations. One recent governor, Eliot Spitzer, perhaps because his rich father gave him money, didn't take bribes (to my knowledge). Instead, he had sex with prostitutes, meanwhile publicly...
  • New backdoor regulations render store stock non-code compliant

    11/11/2015 1:06:56 PM PST · by George from New England · 15 replies
    I was in my local Lowes store today. Zipcode: 33541 I was shopping for and inquiring about windows to put in the wall of an existing home. There are metal, vinyl, etc. Single, double pane variations. Some block some of the light from the sun from entering to some extent. The Lowes salesman asked me if I was planning on pulling a county permit? I asked why he asked ! He said starting about two months ago they changed the code and requirements for windows. He told me the code that had been applying only to new construction had been...
  • What If The Best Cars To Drive Have Already Been Made

    11/03/2015 11:23:56 PM PST · by Cowman · 71 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 11/03/15 5:58pm | Freddy "Tavarish" Hernandez
    Not only are cars becoming more safe, feature-rich and efficient, but engines have never had more output, whether it’s an econobox Hyundai Sonata churning out a torque curve that would literally twist the swiss-cheese frame of a Mk. I Golf GTI, or the more insane Dodge Charger Hellcat, with its ticket-to-the-pearly-gates 707 HP supercharged V8. *** However, as with anything in the known universe, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, no matter what ‘80s John Travolta will tell you. With legislation putting forth mandates for increased complexity in cars over the last three decades, automobiles have become, on...
  • Destroying the economy in order to save it / Regulators warm to the harm their rules create

    10/20/2015 4:43:04 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2015 | Richard W. Rahn
    On Sept. 29, Congress held a hearing on the rules proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that would likely destroy much of the small-dollar loan industry and drive many low-income and poor credit-risk people into the arms of loan sharks. [snip] ...the black marketeers will be the only ones serving the poor. [snip] The Internal Revenue Services new Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act regulations have made it both very expensive and, in many cases, impossible for Americans living abroad to obtain bank accounts in the countries where they live. The new IRS and Treasury know your customer regulations...
  • Painkiller crackdown sparks industry blowback

    10/19/2015 8:01:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 94 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 18, 2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    Healthcare industry groups are launching a preemptive strike against soon-to-drop federal guidelines meant to tamp down on the prescription of powerful painkillers. The forthcoming guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are meant to combat the abuse of drugs like Hyrdocodone, Oxycontin and Percocet, which many medical experts believe are dangerously overprescribed. Prescriptions for the drugs, known as opioids, increased by 300 percent from 1999 to 2013, according to the CDC, which cites statistics showing 16,000 people died from overdoses during that time. As currently drafted, the guidelines recommend physicians use opioids as a last resort after non-pharmacologic...
  • Sarcastic Definition of the Day: Regulation

    10/16/2015 9:20:35 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    American Irony ^ | 10-16-15 | The Looking Spoon
  • The Power to Regulate Is the Power to Destroy

    10/14/2015 9:52:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    THE SUPREME COURT may soon take up a challenge to a Texas abortion law mandating safety standards so strict that abortion providers claim it will force all but a handful of the state's remaining clinics to close. The case, Whole Woman's Health v. Cole, could lead to the court's first significant abortion ruling since 2007. Under the controversial law, signed by Governor Rick Perry two years ago, abortion practitioners must have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and abortion clinics must meet the same building and equipment specifications as outpatient surgical centers. Advocates challenging the law argue that such restrictions...
  • Sen. Cruz: This Is an Important Step Toward Curbing the Federal Governments Intrusion on States

    10/10/2015 7:12:26 AM PDT · by Isara · 72 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | October 9, 2015
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement upon the 6th Circuit’s stay on the “Waters of the United States” rule, which allows litigation over the legality of the rule to proceed before implementation:“The 6th Circuit’s order to halt implementation of the EPA’s new ‘Waters of the United States’ rule is a win for all Americans, but especially for farmers, ranchers, and landowners in the state of Texas. Today’s order is also an important step toward curbing the federal government’s relentless intrusion on the states—power grabs that have become standard practice for President Obama’s EPA....
  • Stop The Presses! A Journalist Admits That Regulations Stifle Innovation

    09/10/2015 3:57:02 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/09/2015 | John Merline
    The Washington Post recently ran a feature story on a new trend in the automotive market that is fairly interesting a car/motorcycle hybrid. But what's really interesting is what the reporter says in the fifth paragraph.
  • New York City to require salt warnings on restaurant menus

    09/09/2015 1:22:46 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 9, 2015 | Jennifer Peltz
    Salty fare from sandwiches to salads will soon come with a first-of-its-kind warning label at chain restaurants in New York City. The city Board of Health voted unanimously Wednesday to require chain eateries to put salt-shaker symbols on menus to denote dishes with more than the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium. Thats about a teaspoon.
  • Cutting Red Tape

    09/09/2015 5:33:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2015 | John Stossel
    I'm upset that the presidential candidates, all of them, rarely mention a huge problem: the quiet cancer that kills opportunity -- regulation. The accumulated burden of it is the reason that America is stuck in the slowest economic recovery since the Depression. I understand why candidates don't talk about it: Regulation is boring. But it's important.The founders of this republic were willing to die rather than be subject to other people's rules. Today we are so accustomed to bureaucracy that we've forgotten what it means to be free.We now have a million rules -- many so complex that even legal...
  • In Stock Market, The Price - Not Speed - Is Right [MARKETS CRASH, DEAL WITH IT]

    08/27/2015 4:06:11 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 35 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 08/26/2015 | STEPHEN PORPORA
    As long as execution "speed," not execution "price," is the master of our electronic equity markets, no one should lament the mind-bending volatility. As long as computerized algorithms price intraday downdrafts after the opening, TV talking heads will express their dismay. As long as there are very few orders on a centralized book and Dodd-Frank has killed the traditional risk-taking market makers and big trading desks, there will continue to be no counter side liquidity in our markets, and dramatic flash meltdowns will continue causing the public to lose confidence in our markets. And that is the real problem. Throughout...
  • Like Cheap Natural Gas? Obamas Clean Power Plan Will Regulate It Out of Existence

    08/14/2015 12:17:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2015 | Isaac Orr
    U.S. households are saving hundreds of dollars a year because natural gas prices are low, but thats about to change. Astudy by NERA Economic Consulting has found new regulations on power plants mandated by the Environmental Protection Agencys Clean Power Plan (CPP) will increase natural gas prices to 2007 levels, virtually guaranteeing these savings will soon be wiped out. A study by the Brookings Institution found natural gas prices have plummeted as horizontal hydraulic fracturing, also known as horizontal fracking, has caused U.S. natural gas production to skyrocket to all-time highs, making the United States the worlds top producer of...
  • Crushing the Poor & Middle Class with the EPA

    08/05/2015 2:51:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 8/5/15 | Matthew Vadum
    President Obama is surreptitiously colluding with radical anti-growth environmentalists to force ideologically driven carbon-emission controls on the energy industry that will devastate the U.S. economy, congressional investigators have discovered. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drew up rules aimed at limiting carbon emissions from power-generation plants, "key stakeholders including the American public had little to no influence over the debate while powerful environmental activist groups were given unprecedented access to and influence over administration officials," the Washington Times reported yesterday. Collusion between the EPA and the green's isn't exactly breaking news. They've been doing it for years, but...
  • The New Normal and a Very New Spin

    08/03/2015 7:57:54 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 3, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    It began quietly enough. A talking head on television would say its unfair to expect the robust economic boom of the 90s again; we had the peace dividend to thank for it, and its not like the Soviet Union is going to fall again. Or a columnist reminds us of the invention of the modern computer in the early 80s, and then the arrival of the internet age in the 90s; such technological breakthroughs were a once-in-history occurrence; theyre responsible for the booms we remember, nothing else. Or some caller on the radio, aged and experienced, with opinions fortified by...
  • Take a Bow for the New Revolution

    07/18/2015 7:10:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 18, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    From the outset, President Obama directed his powerful government agencies and congressional allies to help him fundamentally transform the United States. Too many of them were eager to nationalize the nations healthcare system, ignore or rewrite inconvenient laws, control the internet and political speech, implement new regulations that imposed enormous costs for few or illusory benefits, and shut down oil, gas and coal in favor of expensive, unreliable, heavily subsidized wind, solar and biofuel energy.We voters and citizens were supposed to tip our hats to the new Constitution and take a bow for the new revolution, as The Who put...
  • Judicial Deference to Agencies Expands Executive Power and Increases Regulatory Burdens

    07/15/2015 6:36:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2015 | James Lankford
    It is emphatically the province and duty of the Judicial Department to say what the law is declared Chief Justice John Marshall in the landmark case of Marbury v. Madison. For centuries this statement has stood as one of the most famous in American jurisprudence. It was a declaration of the role and duty of the judicial branch within our constitutional structure. The Constitution provides for three separate and distinct branches of government, each having a check on the other, thus allowing, as James Madison wrote, for ambition to counteract ambition. As our government has grown and the issues we...
  • ME: Disarmist shows lack of Imagination

    07/06/2015 5:09:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Maine is moving toward constitutional or permitless carry. It is not a large step for Maine, which has a fairly liberal concealed carry law and constitutional open carry. The bill, LD 652 need only be signed by the Governor to become law, and it seems likely that Governor Le Page will sign it. But that does not stop a Maine disarmist from complaining. From centralmain.com: "And there is no good I can see in having anyone carry concealed guns without permits, training, background checks and minimum age requirements." So it all comes down to a lack of imagination on...
  • Police Shut Down Kids Lemonade Stand [semi-satire]

    06/16/2015 3:28:10 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 June 2015 | John Semmens
    Police in Overton, Texas ordered two sisters, Zoey (aged 7) and Andria Green (aged 8) to cease and desist selling lemonade in their efforts to raise money to buy a Fathers Day gift for their dad. Selling anything in Texas without a permit is illegal, explained rousting officer Doug Stamper. It doesnt matter that neighborhood lemonade stands have been a time-honored way for kids to make a buck. Under the law, they need to buy a permit if they want to sell lemonade. The cost of the required permit is $150. Few kids would have the funds to afford it....
  • No plants? No patio dining in Mankato

    Anarchy reigned in Mankato, Minn., for a short time last week before authorities stepped in to curb the scourge of outdoor dining without enough live plants in the vicinity. The Mankato Times reports police shut down the patio at Blue Bricks on Front Street last week after they determined there werent enough flowers nearby. In Mankato, 25 percent of the area around patio dining has to have at least 25 percent live plants
  • Megyn Kelly Unloads on Obama over Plans to Regulate the Diversity of Neighborhoods

    06/12/2015 5:47:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | June 12, 2015 | Curtis Houck
    Fox News’s Megyn Kelly began Thursday’s edition of The Kelly File by ripping into President Barack Obama and plans for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to regulate and enforce the diversity of neighborhoods (and particularly wealthy ones). A few hours after the major broadcast networks ignored this story on their evening newscasts, Kelly made clear her disdain with the President and referred to him as “[t]he man who changed your health care system forever” that’s “now pushing to change your neighborhood” and especially “if Uncle Sam feels it is not inclusive enough.”VideoCiting the administration’s line that they’re...
  • Is it Time for Civil Disobedience of Kludgeocratic Bureaucracy?

    06/02/2015 4:55:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Is there any way to reverse the trend toward ever more intrusive, bossy government? Things have gotten to such a pass, argues Charles Murray, that only civil disobedience might -- might -- work. But the chances are good enough, he says, that he's written a book about it: "By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission." Murray has a track record of making seemingly outlandish proposals that turn out to be widely accepted public policy. His 1984 book "Losing Ground" recommended the radical step of abolishing all welfare payments. A dozen years later, the federal welfare reform act took a long...
  • The Americans, by Generals Paul E. Vallely and Charles Jones

    05/30/2015 1:05:56 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 16 replies
    The American Report ^ | May 30, 2015 | Paul E. Vallely and Charles Jones
    May 30, 2015 Published by Stand Up America For: Limited Distribution The AMERICANS strongly believe that life, liberty, citizenship and the pursuit of happiness are the unalienable RIGHTS of every American Citizen that cannot be taken or transferred. However, not until We the People become brutally frank with ourselves and with each other will the Constitution be taken off the shelf and once again become operational. Only then can the Republic can be restored and preserved in its original ordained Constitutional Power and form. We The People have suffered enormously since 1913 under the combined rule of two domineering political...
  • EPA Finalizes Overly Broad Waters of the US Rule

    05/27/2015 1:58:42 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-27-15 | John Eick
    Earlier today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) finalized a much anticipated rule that would redefine Waters of the United States and vastly expand the two agencies regulatory authority over the nations water resources. EPA and the Corps proposed the rule in April 2014 seeking to clarify precisely what water resources it classified as navigable and, thus, able to be regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The move to redefine Waters of the United States comes after the Supreme Court twice checked the agencies overly broad interpretation of the CWA in Solid...
  • Kerry: Internet 'Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly' (Calls for UN regulation)

    05/18/2015 11:53:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 18, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    Complete Headline: Kerry: Internet 'Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly' - Calls for more international Internet laws. In a speech today in South Korea, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Internet "needs rules to be able to flourish and work properly." This, according to Kerry, is necessary even for "a technology founded on freedom." Speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, Kerry said that Internet policy is "a key component of our foreign policy." Kerry made his remarks in the context of talking about how international law is applicable to the Internet.
  • 7,231,000 Lost Jobs: Manufacturing Employment Down 37% From 1979 Peak

    05/12/2015 11:38:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 12, 2015 | 1:23 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The number of jobs in manufacturing has declined by 7,231,000or 37 percentsince employment in manufacturing peaked in the United States in 1979, according to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The real median household income of Americans who have completed high schoolbut have not attained a higher degreealso peaked in the 1970s and has declined since then. In fact, according to the Census Bureau (Tables H-13 and H-14), the real median household income of an American householder who has completed four years of high school peaked in 1973 at $56,395 in constant 2013 dollars. By 2013, it was...
  • Feds Will Regulate Christmas Lights

    05/05/2015 4:28:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/5/2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a regulation for Christmas lights on Monday, deeming some holiday decorations a substantial product hazard.The Consumer Product Safety Commission is issuing a final rule to specify that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain any one of three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient strain relief, or overcurrent protection), as addressed in a voluntary standard, are deemed a substantial product hazard under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), the final rule said.The ruling applies to a variety of Christmas decorations, including stars, wreathes, candles without shades, light sculptures, blow-molded...
  • Up From Dish Washer to Franchise Owner and Now, Regulation Target

    04/29/2015 12:16:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/29/2015 | Amir Siddiqi
    Im an immigrant who has realized the American dream. But Washingtons new labor rules are a nightmare. In 1985 I left my home in Pakistan at age 19 and came to the United States with the help of an uncle. I considered this my best chance to start a life away from the government control and corruption that troubled my country. That proved true. Through hard work, I learned to run restaurants and I now own dozens of stores as a franchisee. But the National Labor Relations Board is threatening to upend my business model by muddling the distinction between...
  • $200 Could Get You Out Of A Classic Car Smog Check In California

    04/25/2015 1:21:51 AM PDT · by Cowman · 38 replies
    jalopnik ^ | 4-23-15 | Damon Lavrinc
    A bill proposed in California would allow classic car owners to cut a check to the DMV for $200 to get out of the states notoriously strict smog test. But naturally, its a bit more complicated than just paying off the Golden State. Any car in California built on or after 1976 has to undergo a smog test every two years (not so for pre-76 cars, which is one of the reasons my 1976 BMW 2002 is now living in Florida). AB550 seeks to amend that law to allow vehicles 30 years or older to bypass the test, but only...
  • Ottawas red-tape cutting law gets RoyalAssent

    04/24/2015 5:42:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 4-23-15 | Laura Jones
    With this being budget week, the federal governments taxing and spending decisions are under the microscope as they should be in a healthy democracy. But what about governments hidden tax: regulation? With no equivalent of a federal budget day, regulatory decisions and their implications get precious little scrutiny and we are all worse for it. Thankfully, regulatory transparency got a considerable boostThursdaywhen the Red Tape Reduction Act (C-21) received Royal Assent and became law. Minister Tony Clement, who has championed the bill, can be proud that Canada is now the first country in the world to require that for...
  • Austin Gives Early Approval To Regulate BBQ Smoke (TX)

    04/16/2015 9:45:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 16, 2015 - 10:41 AM | Eric Scheiner
    WXAN reports Austin City Council members debated a plan earlier this month to put restrictions on smoke from barbecue restaurants. Council member Pio Renteria asked council to regulate the amount of smoke that comes from food trucks and restaurants within 100 feet of residential areas. Renteria said residents complained to him that smoke coming from BBQ joints caused them to not be able to open their windows or enjoy their backyards.
  • If you need a water heater, consider buying one before April 16, 2015

    04/14/2015 2:44:39 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 110 replies
    ABC Action News ^ | 3-23-15 | Dan Schaffer
    First it was light bulbs, now Uncle Sam wants your water heater to be more efficient - and it could cost you a lot more money to comply with the new rules. Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks, said new regulations will save money in the long run. Your water heater is the second largest consumer of energy in your home right behind your heating and cooling system. So, any improvement in your water heaters efficiency is going to pay dividends in your monthly utility bills. But it will cost you more in the short term, if you need to buy...
  • Hello from California, where we're enjoying Gov. Moonbeam's drought

    04/06/2015 1:09:03 PM PDT · by walford · 37 replies
    CainTV ^ | April 6th, 2015 | Dan Calabrese
    Liberal policies turn a small problem into a statewide crisis.My family and I are in Los Angeles this week for some meetings concerning a super-secret venture, which, dude . . . it's super-secret! (But it won't be for long.)But one of the first things that became clear when we got here is that the state is in the midst of a water crisis - one so serious that Gov. Jerry (Moonbeam) Brown has imposed an unprecedented set of restrictions on the use of water. Friends we visited for Easter tell us the state isn't messing around. They send inspectors around...
  • The Next Bubble

    04/01/2015 7:35:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | John Stossel
    They're doing it again! When the last housing bubble burst, politicians blamed "greedy banks." They said mortgage companies lent money recklessly, making loans to people with dubious credit, for down payments as low as 3 percent. "It will work out," said the optimistic bankers. Regulators didn't disagree. Everyone said, "Home prices will keep going up." And home prices did -- until they didn't. The bubble popped in 2007. Lots of people were hurt, and politicians took more of your tax money to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac along with reckless banks. They also gave the Federal Housing Administration...
  • The Tip of the Climate Spending Iceberg

    03/28/2015 8:08:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Lockheed Martin, a recent Washington Post article notes, is getting into renewable energy, nuclear fusion, sustainability and even fish farming projects, to augment its reduced defense profits. The company plans to forge new ties with Defense Department and other Obama initiatives, based on a shared belief in manmade climate change as a critical security and planetary threat. It is charging ahead where other defense contractors have failed, confident that its expertise, lobbying skills and socially responsible commitment to preventing climate chaos will land it plentiful contracts and subsidies. As with its polar counterparts, 90% of the titanic climate funding iceberg...
  • Regulating Like Its 1934: The FCCs Decision to Reclassify the Internet as a Public Utility

    03/04/2015 2:05:24 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-4-15 | Jonathon Hauenschild
    Why should the Interneta modern technologybe subject to regulations originally drafted in the mid-1930s? The Federal Communications Commissions recent vote was less an adoption of Net Neutrality regulations and more a carte blanche redefining of Internet services. In redefining the Internet as a public utility, the FCC exposes Internet and broadband service providers to regulatory schemes crafted when rotary phones and switchboards were the norm. We can only guess what the actual regulations will say for the next couple weeks, since FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler crafted them behind closed doors and has yet to release them. While we wait for...
  • EPA's latest proposal could be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the United States.

    03/03/2015 2:14:15 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 13 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-28-15 | John Eick
    In late 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that would further ratchet down national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone from the current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a range of 65 to 70 ppb. Notably, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) declared the proposal to be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the country. A study recently conducted by NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by NAM confirms NAMs earlier statement. Specifically, the study reveals that reducing the current ozone standard to 65 ppb would reduce U.S. gross...
  • FCC Approves Socialism for Broadband

    02/27/2015 11:59:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 96 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    How predictable… The Federal Communications Commission voted on strict party lines to adopt Obama’s 332 page “Net Neutrality” proposal. Given that everything the government touches ends up as a rousing success-story, I’m sure you’ll be able to keep your internet if you like your internet. According to Fox News:The commission, following a contentious meeting, voted 3-2 to adopt its so-called net neutrality plan -- a proposal that remained secret in the run-up to the final vote. On its surface, the plan is aimed at barring service providers from creating paid "fast lanes" on the Internet, which consumer advocates and Internet companies...
  • Tumblr CEO on net neutrality

    02/24/2015 4:04:22 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2/24/15
    "I think a bright line rule that sort of spells out the principles that we believe in, I think the Bill of Rights is a good thing," said Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp.
  • Obama to Middle Class Retirees: If You Like Your Retirement, You Can Keep It

    02/24/2015 11:49:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    Government’s involvement in healthcare has been such a rousing success, Obama is now thinking about getting more involved in regulating the retirement of Middle Class America. Hooray… Proposing new executive regulatory rules (because going through Congress is too cumbersome and democratic), the President has claimed that he is riding to the rescue of average American investors with the heavy hand of government oversight. According to theState.com:The proposed rule, which Obama can put in place without congressional approval, would impose a requirement on some financial advisers to act as what the law calls “fiduciaries” for their clients, meaning that when they recommend...
  • EPA Climate Regulations Expected to Hit Manufacturing Sector Especially Hard

    02/18/2015 1:40:43 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 19 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-18-15 | John Eick
    A short paper recently released by the Heritage Foundation takes a look at the expected manufacturing job losses as a result of President Obamas Climate Action Plan. Predictably, they are significant. Using a social cost of carbon (SCC) equal to $37 per ton, the Heritage Energy Model (HEM) was used to determine the economic impact such climate regulations would have on the U.S. economy down to the state and, most interestingly, even to a congressional district level. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Rust Belt, home to what remains of the countrys once dominant industrial sector, can expect to see the largest losses...
  • Should Government Regulators Make the Internet More Like the Post Office or DMV?

    02/16/2015 8:16:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The Internet has made all of our lives better, in part because there’s been an accidental policy of benign neglect from Washington.But that’s about to change.Even though our economy already is burdened by record amounts of regulation and red tape, the FCC is pushing forward with a plan to turn the Internet into a moss-covered public utility.This almost leaves me at a loss for words. It’s truly remarkable – in a bad way – that the bureaucrats at the Federal Communications Commission think that the Internet can be improved by a big dose of 1930s-era regulation and control.My Cato colleague,...
  • Leaked FAA Doc Discusses Upcoming Regulations for Camera Drones

    02/14/2015 9:26:05 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 15 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 01/14/15 | Michael Zhang
    A newly leaked document by the Federal Aviation Administration may offer a first look at upcoming regulations for drones, and the laws discussed appear to be somewhat favorable for photographers who fly camera drones.
  • Feds Hope to Regulate Political Speech on the Internet

    02/12/2015 3:23:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    The Federal Election Commission is considering expanding their regulatory power to include political speech online… Yeah, let’s regulate the internet. I mean, free speech can’t just be expected to run wild or anything, right? The FEC held an open hearing yesterday to determine if they will move forward on clamping down on political content online (such as blogs, YouTube videos, and other “free” messaging). According to CNS News:Last October, FEC Chairwoman Ann Ravel issued a statement in which she complained that the agency was not doing enough to monitor activity on the Internet.Right… Because I know I’m terrified that the feds...
  • Just whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that

    01/31/2015 1:30:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2015 9:11 AM EST | Ann Flaherty
    Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says hes keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the information superhighway as a fun way to buy books or check the weather. Wheeler has not publicly released his plan yet, and might not for a few weeks. But he has suggested that Internet service has become as critical to people in the United States as water, electricity or phone service and should be regulated like any...

    01/27/2015 8:01:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 26, 2015 | Daniel Nussbaum
    25,000 adult film stars, distributors, and fans descended on Las Vegas this week for the 15th annual Adult Entertainment Expo and AVN Award Show, the industrys equivalent of the Academy Awards. Porn stars showed off for the cameras, toy manufacturers hawked their wares, and 1,000 journalists from hundreds of outlets chronicled the extravaganza. However, this years convention comes at a pivotal moment for the industrys presence in California, which has long been the pornography capital of the world.
  • This Is the Scary Amount of Pizza Kids Are Really Eating [Food Nazis]

    01/19/2015 3:55:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 60 replies
    Time ^ | 1/19/15 | Alexandra Sifferlin
    ....researchers looked at the diets of children ages 2 to 11 and teens aged 12 to 19 from 2003-2010. They found that pizza makes up about 20% of kids daily calories on days when they eat pizzaand despite the insistence of some politicians that pizza should be considered a vegetable for its ample tomato sauce, those calories arent coming from an onslaught of veggies.....
  • GOP makes U-turn on net neutrality

    01/16/2015 6:14:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | January 16, 2015 | Kate Tummarelllo
    Republicans in Congress are doing a 180 on net neutrality as the Federal Communications Commission prepares to issue new rules within weeks. For years, GOP lawmakers have adamantly opposed any rules requiring Internet service providers to treat all Web traffic equally, calling them unnecessary and an example of Washington overreach. But now that the FCC is moving toward issuing a tough net neutrality order that would subject broadband to utility-style regulation an approach endorsed by President Barack Obama top Republicans in both chambers are making plans to legislate their own rules to ensure the agency doesnt go too...